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Ticket & Attendance Watch
Written by Maury Brown and David Simmons   
Thursday, 02 June 2011 08:11

When the weather is good, nothing in baseball is like a day game.

Except when it’s mid-week.

Ballparks were filled to 55 percent of capacity on Weds due in large part 4 traditional day game starts (approx. 1pm), and 3 games where it was a late afternoon start. Compare that to last Weds. when ballparks were filled to 73 percent.

All-in-all, 360,166 in paid attendance was announced across the league with the Red Sox posting a sellout at Fenway Park. To place that in perspective, one of the league’s smallest parks drew baseball’s highest attendance on the day.

The Dodgers continue to be a drag on attendance. While not last, the club posted 36,975 or 66 percent of Dodger Stadium’s capacity on a night when it was Don Mattingly bobblehead night. Bobblehead promos were guaranteed sellouts in years prior for the Dodgers.

Here’s a breakdown of Weds’ attendance:

Road Home Wed's
Capacity Sell-Thru Notes
CWS BOS 37,321 37,373 100% Sellout. Day game
SFG STL 35,775 43,975 81% Lincecum road start, Cards in first
HOU CHC 31,340 41,210 76% Day game
NYY OAK 25,649 35,067 73% Late day game
COL LAD 36,975 56,000 66% Mattingly Bobblehead
PIT NYM 25,234 42,000 60%
MIN DET 24,363 41,255 59%
PHI WSH 24,495 43,647 56% Day game
MIL CIN 22,213 42,059 53%
SD ATL 21,452 49,743 43% Hanson start
BAL SEA 18,036 47,447 38% Late day game, Pineda start
TX TB 13,725 36,973 37% Price start, Day game
FL AZ 16,169 48,652 33% Diamondbacks in first place, late day game
LAA KC 12,022 38,177 31% Late day game
CLE TOR 15,397 49,539 31%
Over 15 games
360,166 653,117 55%

Sell-Thru = Percentage of capacity

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